When B. Wayne Hughes watched Accuracy first string pass in a Derby Kentucky match is rescheduled on September 5 by Woodford Reserve (G1) presented at Churchill Downs, owner of Spendthrift Farm has done so from the comfort of his home. With COVID-19 still raging in the state of Bluegrass at the time and a limited audience on the grounds of the classic American match, the veteran horse owner reveled in his “Run for the Roses” victory. from far away.
Two months later Keeneland As Authentic lined up once more at the gate of the $ 6 million Longines Breeders̵7; Cup Classic (G1) competition on November 7, there wasn’t even a continued threat of pandemic that could keep 87-year-old Hughes away. away from the track.
Run in the purple and orange silk sheets by Spendthrift Farm – the pony owner in partnership with MyRacehorse.com, Madaket Stables and Starlight Racing Stable – Authentic spun in a textbook, a 1 1 / 4 miles around Keeneland tracks itself and marks his reputation as its department leader.
Spendthrift Farm President Eric Gustavson said: “This is the peak and we want to continue to maintain, do not get me wrong.” “But for Wayne, who has been dedicating so much to the game over the years – he went into the race for more than 50 years and bought Spendthrift in 2004 and turned it into a business. All and for us, the team at Spendthrift, that’s the best part. Wayne has reached the top of the mountain, and we can celebrate with him. ”
Despite winning a Derby Kentucky match, Authentic didn’t enter the Classic Stadium as a favorite. Baffert’s top candidate is Can not be improved who had a bumpy start right from the break and was in contact with a number of runners before he was able to settle down and settle into life.
Eliminated by Johnny Velazquez, Authentic broke out just like he did in the Kentucky Derby and headed straight to the top where he set the pace immediately. Another steady friend, Maximum security , followed closely by his appearance on Monday but was squeezed early by favor Tiz law in the third part.
Along the Authentic rear seat makes it look easy. It’s inevitable to run wide to make up for the lost time in the break, and soon try to take the lead Global campaign to settle in the second place at the beginning of the paragraph. Tiz the Law, who was under pressure from Maximum Security and Unable to improve, started sideways from turn and back fifth.
Despite the best efforts to capture Authentic at a deep distance, the speed is indispensable as the lead person kicked home and was even pulled away from the herd. With almost no difficulty in its final moves, Authentic has crossed the 2-quarter-length finish line before its opponent.
Unable to improve remains in second place, followed by Global Campaigns in third place. Tacitus, Maximum Security, Check Law, Title is ready, According to my standards, Tom’s d’Etat and Higher capacity complete finish order.
Baffert said: “I said to Johnny, ‘This is the horse you were riding this week is the horse you rode in the Derby. “‘You can ride him confidently. You can be aggressive. You can do what you want. And he’s just a real top horse.’
“We talked about (the race) and we know that this track is doing pretty well for the horses and it doesn’t have much speed in the race,” says Velazquez. “So we talked about it and tried to take advantage of it. We tried to put him in the lead, go to the rails and let him come and take him. And I thought. He did everything I wanted him to do.
“Thank you Bob, who helped me survive here and the other owners. All the people who gave me the chance to ride this horse and trust me. I’m getting old and I just think now I am. I “I have been chasing this race for a long time. This is my first time winning, so to get there, I thank Bob. ”
Final time for 1 1/4 mile is 1: 59.19, a figure that overshadows the previous track record of 2: 00.07 sets in Baffert trainee bronze Pharoah America in 2015. Like the American Pharoah, Authentic is currently the fourth horse to win the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic in the same year. Previous winners were also Sunday Silence (1989) and Unbridled (1990).
Due to an issue with the Classic timer, the Equibase manually timed the race. There are no fractions.
Hughes’s Spendthrift ranch acquired a majority ownership of Authentic in June, just before he began participating in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1) June 6 at Santa Anita Park. Undefeated up to that point with three wins, including victory at Sham Stakes January 4 (G3) and March 7 at San Felipe Stakes (G2) – second place at the Southern California track – he finished second in the match of Derby Santa Anita. Authentic returned once later to win on 18 July TVG Haskell Stakes (G1) now Monmouth Park before passing the Kentucky Derby in a gate-to-wire performance.
Authentic’s only other miss this year comes on October 3 Preakness (G1) now Pimlico racetrack where he finished runner up to filthy Swiss skydiver after a daring bout. Swiss Skydiver won’t be as appreciative as Authentic in her own attempt to win the Breeders ‘Cup in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). After stumbling at the beginning, Daredevil completed Saturday.
After losing to Preakness, Baffert said he took a close look at Authentic’s training regimen and made some necessary tweaks to get him back into form in time for Classic.
“There were two races where he was back, where he really put in a lot of effort,” Baffert said. “It was the Derby Santa Anita and Preakness. So that meant maybe I didn’t have him as sharp as I loved it, and he got stuck that day. But we brought him in. It’s back and I have a great team and we tightened the screws on him. ”
In the 16 years since Hughes bought Spendthrift Farm, the industry icon and his team have worked tirelessly to build both the breeding and racing divisions of the operation into some of the most competitive entities in the industry. .
It was Hughes who was the first to participate in the expansion of ownership through an initiative called MyRacehorse.com, which sells small shares in horse races. The company, of which Hughes is the majority owner, owns a 12.5 percent stake in Authentic and offered to sell stakes in the barn until the Derby Kentucky. By the time the ponies won the American classics, 5,314 shareholders had purchased 12,450 shares in the race horse for $ 206 per share. MyRacehorse shares were first available to Californians only in 2018, and then became available nationwide in July 2019.
MyRacehorse.com’s Michael Behrens said: “It has been a pretty enjoyable ride. “It was a great ride. I never could have imagined that it would end like this. When we started doing this a few years ago, the idea was to celebrate the sport with As many people as possible and there are 5,314 people owning stakes in Authentic, I couldn’t ask for anything better.And partnerships with Spendthrift, Eric and Mr. Hughes – it’s great to have this opportunity. This incredible thing happened. I mean, I love racing and I want more and more people to be able to experience this and let this happen? I don’t know, that’s crazy. ”
In addition to his initiatives to expand racing horse ownership, Hughes also took the initiative in recruiting top-level talent from the racetrack to begin a second career as a horse. like. Among them are Into Mischief The sire of Authentic, whose breeding success has made an indelible impact on the industry and awarded him the title of North America’s top sire.
While Authentic seems destined to join his stallion in the Spendthrift’s stables, Gustavson said the team will have to discuss whether the horse will retire soon after or continue training. in the next year.
“We have to make some decisions tomorrow,” Gustavson said. “We have to settle all the implications, talk to Sol (Madaket’s Kumin) and plan for the future. But tonight we will enjoy.
“I’d love to have him back,” Baffert said. “I’d love to get all three of them back. Unfortunately, not getting votes there. I just hope we have more horses like this. You like them when you have them.” . ”
“To say the horse gave us a lot of light and excitement and lost exercise,” said Gustavson, who accompanied Hughes to the winner’s final along with the partnerships. middle. “To get the Kentucky Derby and then the Breeders Cup back to normal and to be able to win them both in a year and with a 3 year old, that’s too much.”
Bred in Kentucky by Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, Authentic is not from Mr. Greeley Flawless mare. Contracted by Bridie Harrison for September Yearling Sales in Keeneland, the foal was purchased by SF Bloodstock / Starlight West for $ 350,000. Authentic holds a 6-2-0 record from eight starts and earned $ 6,191,200.
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